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In this section you can find out what biodiversity is, why it’s important and what we are doing in Oxfordshire to protect and enhance it.

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is short for biological diversity, which means the total variety of all living things, and includes all plants and animals, as well as the places and spaces in which they live.

Why should we conserve biodiversity?

Protecting the variety of life around us is becoming increasingly important. In the UK we have lost over 100 species in the last century and species such as Water Voles have disappeared from 94% of the sites where they were previously recorded. Even the common House Sparrow has witnessed a dramatic decline.

The underlying reasons why we should conserve biodiversity include stewardship, moral obligation, the benefits to society and economic value.